Looking for ways to fund your education or research? Check out the information below to explore a number of options and resources available at UW and outside. Be sure to check back for regular updates on upcoming information sessions & other timely news!

Funding Resources

If you have any questions about funding opportunities, please contact your respective departments, or reach out to the following offices:


Upcoming 2020/2021 Application Deadlines:

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans Program

2021 Fellowship applications now open!  Deadline: October 29, 2020 at 2:00 pm (ET). Earlier submission strongly recommended.

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans program honors the contributions of immigrants and children of immigrants to the US. Each year, the foundation invests in the graduate education of 30 New Americans—immigrants and children of immigrants—who are poised to make significant contributions to US society, culture or their academic field. Each Fellow receives up to $90,000 in financial support over two years of graduate study in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program in the US, and they join a lifelong community of New American Fellows.

Click here to learn more and apply.

Info session: Jobs, kids, schools, and finding time: a graduate student panel

November 4, 2020, 6 -7 pm (PT)

How do you find the time to apply for funding while also juggling life responsibilities? Hear from graduate students who applied for funding while also juggling jobs, school, kids and other responsibilities. Register to attend.

Yenching Academy Master’s Program at Peking University

Deadline: November 10, 2020; info session: 10/26 at 5:30 pm.

Interested in exploring China and its role in the world through a Master’s program at Peking University? Consider applying for UW nomination to compete internationally for the Yenching Academy program. The program offers a Master’s degree in China Studies and an essentially full scholarship.

UW Information & Nomination Details:

UW Application:

UW Deadline to Apply for Nomination: Nov. 10, 2020

UW Information session with Yenching Academy’s Dean of Admission, Brent Haas: Monday, Oct. 26 at 5:30pm. Please register to attend online.

Learn more at Learn from previous Yenching Academy students about their experiences shared in the Yenching Academy videos and webinars:

Fulbright distinguished awards in teaching short-term program

Applications for U.S. teacher programs will open by December 2020

This program sends expert U.S. K–12 educators to participating countries to support projects in schools, teacher training colleges, government ministries, or educational nongovernmental organizations, as identified by U.S. Embassies and Fulbright Commissions.

The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program is open to full-time elementary, middle, and high school educators who are employed at a public, private (secular or faith-based), or charter school in the United States, or within the Department of Defense Education Activity at the elementary, middle, or high school level (K–12). Learn more.

MPOWER Global Citizen Scholarship

Deadline: December 31, 2020.

MPOWER seeks to create globally-minded, multi-lingual, culturally-competent graduates poised to take on the world’s most pressing problems in science, technology, business, and public policy. In recognition of students’ extraordinary potential, we’ve created the MPOWER Global Citizen Scholarship. We’ve intentionally designed this scholarship program to be as broad as possible to match the broad, diverse experiences of international students.

Scholarships awarded annually to international and DACA students enrolled at Universities MPOWER supports. For the cycle ending July 15, 2019, we will be awarding one $5,000 grand prize scholarship to the moasspst outstanding applicant worldwide, plus an additional four $3,000 regional scholarships. These regional scholarships will be awarded to one student from each of the following countries/regions: India, Asia (excluding India), Latin America/Caribbean, and Africa. (All awards are in US dollars and non-renewable.) There’s no requirement to be an MPOWER borrower to apply.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be accepted at, or enrolled in, a full-time degree program at a U.S. or Canadian school that MPOWER supports, and
  • Be an international student allowed to legally study in the U.S. or Canada, as applicable.
  • For study in the U.S., this means that the applicant is either a U.S. permanent resident (Green Card holder), protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, or has a valid visa that permits study in the U.S.
  • For study in Canada, this means the applicant is either a Canadian permanent resident or has a valid Canadian study permit.

We have created this scholarship specifically for international and DACA students. Therefore, U.S. citizens wishing to study in the U.S. and Canadian citizens wishing to study in Canada are not eligible for this scholarship.

For more information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA) Scholarships

Deadline: Applications open on February 1, 2021 and close on May 31, 2021.

The Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA) is the oldest non-profit serving Indian Country protecting sovereignty, preserving culture, educating youth and building capacity. The Association was formed in 1922 to change the destructive path of federal policy from assimilation, termination and allotment, to sovereignty, self-determination and self-sufficiency. Throughout its 96-year history, the Association has provided national advocacy on watershed issues that support sovereignty and culture, while working at a grassroots level with Tribes to support the implementation of programs that affect real lives on the ground. AAIA offers yearly scholarships.


  • Be enrolled with his or her respective Tribe, either federally recognized or non-federally recognized Tribe, from the continental US or Alaska.
  • Submit a copy of Tribal enrollment (there is no minimum blood quantum requirement for eligibility). This can be a copy of the student’s Tribal I.D. card or a copy of an official letter from the Tribe.
  • Be enrolled as full-time student.
  • ​Have a minimum 2.5 out of 4.0 GPA.
  • Submit a current class schedule and transcript.
  • Attend an accredited institution and be seeking an Associate’s Degree or higher (AAIA does not fund certificate programs or seminaries).
  • Fill out the Association’s Application.
  • Provide a 3-5 page essay described in the Application.

For more information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

Global Fellowships  //  Global, Gap & Grad Fellowships

Now is the perfect time for rising seniors and soon-to-be bachelor’s alums to plan and apply for fellowships for the 2020-2021 academic year.  There are a lot of opportunities open and we have three great ways for interested students to learn more and to get started!

Attend a Global, Gap & Grad Fellowships Information Session to learn about research, study and teaching abroad programs.

Sign up for Global Fellowships Prep to connect with advisors and gain access to tools to support your fellowship application process. Learn more here!

Global Fellowships Prep brings together UW students (undergraduates–especially juniors and seniors, bachelor’s alumni, grad/professional students and alumni) to explore post-graduate fellowships for 2020-2021. These fellowships support graduate school, research, creative work, community-based projects, and English teaching primarily abroad. We have also included a few opportunities that support students staying in the U.S. Most of the scholarships relevant to these activities have similar application processes, and all of them have deadlines that fall between September-November 2020 to fund activities during the 2021-22 academic year.

If you’re thinking about what you will be doing in 2021-22, whether you’ll have graduated by that point and are looking for “gap” year experiences, whether you’re looking to start grad school in fall 2021, or whether you’re already in grad school and are looking for opportunities to extend your work beyond UW, join us to explore those options and more. First-year and sophomore undergraduates are also encouraged to join us to learn about these opportunities early and strategically plan and prepare for a future application.

Looking for more? Click here to look at previously offered scholarships.


Further Resources:

NAFSA U.S. Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants List

UW Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards

Also check out this list of scholarships that aren’t just for study abroad. Scholarships that help you go to school apply to study abroad!